Masks will now be mandatory in every indoor venue – enforceable with a $200 fine across all of Greater Sydney. It includes the Central Coast, the Nepean Blue Mountains, and Wollongong.
Mask wearing will be compulsory in indoor spaces such as shopping centres, cafes, clubs, and public transport across Greater Sydney from midnight tonight.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Saturday that the new regulations would be applicable from today as seven new locally acquired cases were discovered overnight.
Five of the new cases are linked to the Berala cluster in western Sydney. One is a household contact of a previously reported case of a patient transport worker, and there is one remaining case under investigation. There were almost 32,000 coronavirus tests conducted in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Friday.
Where to wearing a mask is compulsory:
- Public transport
- Shopping centres including retail supermarkets
- Church or another place of worship
- Indoor entertainment including theatres and cinemas
- Beauty and hair salons
- Hospitality venues
- Gaming centre
Ms Berejiklian said the tightened COVID-19 restrictions around masks should not be seen as a surprise to Greater Sydney residents.
“We have already strongly wanted people to have a mask, but we do not want to limit citizen’s ability to go about business,” she said.
“Our government wants to increase economic activity, so wearing a mask in these settings will assure we have enough confidence to do that.”
- The total number of people allowed in indoor venues is also changing at midnight tonight.
- Gyms will be restricted from 50 to 30 people.
- Places of worship have been capped at 100 people.
- Weddings and funerals would now be limited to 100, with the one person per square metre being enforced for smaller spaces.
- Further caps for outdoor activity have been reduced from 1000 to 500
- Controlled outdoor programs are now capped at 2000, down from 5000.
Children below 12 are free from wearing masks yet are asked to wear one wherever possible.